Paint Me Fearless

The Shady Gully Series Book 1

Christian - Fiction
294 Pages
Reviewed on 12/28/2020
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Author Biography

Born and raised in Louisiana, most of Hallie's screenplays and novels are inspired by the southern landscape, which she says is "rich with cantankerous, salt of the earth folks destined to be on the page."

A move to the creative community of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2005 gave her the opportunity to take up screenwriting. As her screenplays were recognized with awards and placements in various contests, she had the opportunity to learn from award winning talents like Kirk Ellis (The John Adams miniseries) and Ronnie Clemmer (A League of Their Own).

But alas, her heart is southern, and when she and her family made another move to Kentucky, it renewed her passion for writing novels. And southern story telling.

The Shady Gully Series is the result. Paint Me Fearless is the first in the series, and it sets the stage for thought provoking, relatable journeys, and introduces the reader to a cast of characters who tend to be ornery, but loveable. Dramatic, but kind. And quirky, but smarter than they appear.

Hallie and her family, furry kids included, now live in the hills of Kentucky, near Lexington.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite

Paint Me Fearless (The Shady Gully Series Book 1) by Hallie Lee is an emotionally engaging contemporary Christian novel about female friendship. On the outside, Desi, the new girl at school, and Robin, her not-so-popular lookalike, forge an unlikely friendship that carries them through high school and beyond. Raised differently--Robin in a strict religious home; Desi in a non-religious one--they find common ground amidst the challenges of coming of age in a small-town high school, as well as some hard family issues. But can their friendship survive the secrets, lies, and revelations that threaten it now that they're adults?

This is the kind of book that takes you on a journey with the characters from high school to adulthood, showing all the growth and change in between. The character development by Lee is exceptional. She really knows her characters and shows their dynamics, and allows them to tell their own story. The pacing of this novel is pitch-perfect. You glide through the scenes and events effortlessly, even though the characters face some daunting obstacles on the way. This author is as fearless as her characters, taking you into territories that some writers shy away from. You will connect with Robin in high school, and Desi and the others, and by the time you reach adulthood with them, you are fully invested and as impacted as they are when things get dicey. I like that the characters have some flaws, some quirks, insecurities, and fixations. They feel like real people. I like the study of friendship and how it behaves over time. I wish I could divulge some golden nuggets, but that's for you to discover when you read this book. Paint Me Fearless (The Shady Gully Series Book 1) by Hallie Lee is a standout novel for contemporary women from all walks of life.


What a true review by Tammy. I absolutely love a book that 'hooks you' in the very first chapter! A book that pulls your eyes to the next page and the next page. Paint Me Fearless does this. I anxiously await reading Paint Me Fearless by Hallie Lee.

Mike Parker

Great review, and spit on. I couldn't agree more.